American Legion Post 36 (Fort Bridger, Wyo.) Commander Pete Roitz, Vice Commander Dennis Freeman, Sergeant- at-Arms Tom Dean and Chaplain Ken Duncan traveled to Ogden, Utah, on Oct. 9, 2019 to tour the Homeless Veteran’s Fellowship complex. They were accompanied by Barbara Roitz, representing American Legion Auxiliary Unit 36. The group presented a check for $3,100 to the organization, as well as dozens of cookies provided by Auxiliary members. The funds were raised as a result of the post's recent motorcycle drawing. The motorcycle was won by Marine Corps Iraqi veteran and Purple Heart recipient Roger Anderson of Layton, Utah.
The group met with Fellowship Board members Bob Jones, John Vickroy, chair Jack Bradley and director of services Jeff Kane. They toured some of the housing units, learned about the need for services, and how the Fellowship helps homeless veterans. The Fellowship gave aid to 185 veterans last year by providing services such as mental health counseling, job placement, substance abuse counseling, VA referrals, and assistance in obtaining temporary and permanent supportive housing. According to Jones, the Fellowship has an 85 percent success rate with veterans that are placed in housing. Additionally, the Fellowship serviced another 125 veterans through their outreach and intervention program that targets other vulnerable veterans and their families.
The Homeless Veteran's Fellowship was founded in 1989 by six veterans who saw a need and worked to find a way to meet that need. The Fellowship has an on-site food pantry, a clothing closet, and currently owns and maintains seven buildings that have multiple units to house veterans.